nationwide toast (Thursday, May 16, 5 PM locally), our local small- and craft-beer brewers and lovers are gathering at local beer bars all week long. Here's where you can raise a glass - and what you'll be drinking when you do.
On Tuesday, sip Hangar 24 specials like Pugachev's Cobra Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Hammerhead barrel-aged barleywine, Vinaceous Old Ale made with red wine grapes, and Hullabaloo Scottish ale. The tap takeover begins at 6 PM.
L&E Oyster Bar
The upstairs bar will be put to good use on Wednesday, May 15, when one half of the Beer Chicks, Hallie Beaune, will take you through a slew of Allagash beers, including the Blonde, Yakuza, Golden Brett, White and Black. 5-11 PM.
The Koreatown bar - with its brand-new patio - is featuring Torrance's Monkish Brewing on Wednesday, May 15. The Torrance brewery is bringing almost everything: the newly released Shaolin Fist, a Dubbel made with Sichuan peppercorns; Oblate, a Belgian-style blonde ale spiced with chamomile; Crux, a Belgian-style single ale with elderflower; Rosa's Hips, a brown ale with rose hips; and the Lumen, a pale ale with jasmine flowers, among others.
Co-owner and cicerone Ryan Sweeney meets up with Firestone Walker Brewing co-founder David Walker on Thursday, May 16, for a full Firestone lineup at the West Hollywood bar. You'll have a chance to taste the Anniversary 14, 15 and 16 on draft, plus the 2012 and 2013 Parabola (barrel-aged Imperial Stout), and the barrel-aged English barleywine Sucaba. Starts at 7 PM.
Sunset Beer Company
If the commercials haven't been convincing enough, Sam Adams isn't always the mega-brewery you think it is. Tonight at Echo Park's Sunset Beer Company, taste some of the small-batch releases you might be missing at the Sam Adams Tap Takeover, including the Grumpy Monk Belgian IPA. Starts at 6 PM.
Colorado's Avery Brewing Company will take over the taps on Thursday, serving rare, exclusive and classic beers like the Mephistopheles Imperial stout, which has a whopping 16% ABV; the Collaboration Not Litigation collaboration with Russian River Brewing; the 19th-anniversary Tripel; and White Rascal witbier, among others. Sipping starts at 6 PM.
Blue Palms Brewhouse
Every day this week the Hollywood spot will celebrate a different local craft brewer. On Tuesday, May 14, it's Ladyface Ale Companie's La Blonde, La Grisette and Blind Ambition; Wednesday, May 15, sip Golden Road's brews, including the Cabrillo Kolsch, Berliner Weisse and It's Not Always Sunny in LA dark porter; on Thursday, May 16, Eagle Rock Brewery's in the house with its Populist, Unionist and Manifesto; on Friday, May 17, look for Craftsman's Ursa Minor Sour and Persimmon Sour; and on Saturday, May 18, Beachwood Brewing's beers will be featured.
Tony's Darts Away
In Burbank, try two different styles of American craft beers side-by-side each day this week. On Tuesday, compare a red ale and amber ale; Wednesday, American brown ale vs. a cream ale; Thursday, West Coast IPA vs. a double IPA; Friday, American Imperial stout vs. an American dry stout; and on Saturday, American porter vs. American strong ale. You and all the other beer geeks can compare notes.
Get a different flight each night at the Echo Park California-only beer spot. Priced from $10-$14 for four tastes, themes include "Central Coast," including Telegraph, Figueroa Mountain, Firestone Walker and Surf (Tuesday), and "Bay Area Brews," which might include Drake's, Speakeasy, Anchor, Almanac, Trumer and High Water. The flight specials go through Saturday.
Kings Row Gastropub and Congregation Ale House
Since the two Pasadena gastropubs are a hop and a skip away from each other, they're collaborating on a mini beer fest. During the week, participants can pick up a passport at either bar, order any of the qualifying festival brews, get your passport stamped, turn it in, and you'll be entered to win prizes, including the chance to brew a batch of beer with Congregation Ale House's brewing team, and dinner for four at Kings Row.
Angel City Brewery
If you haven't checked out the new and improved Arts District brewery, you'll find a new tasting bar, plenty of picnic tables throughout the open-air space, board games and, this week only (May 13-19), discounts on all pints.